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WEST GLACIER - A 33-year-old woman from Washington state was carried downstream and over Lower McDonald Falls Saturday afternoon in Glacier National Park, after slipping and falling into the fast-moving creek.

Her condition was unknown late Saturday. She and her husband were visiting Glacier from their home in Buckley, Washington.

Park spokeswoman Denise Germann said the woman fell into the water near the bridge below Upper McDonald Creek Falls at about 3 p.m.

The current immediately swept her downstream, and her husband could not save her. He jumped into the water, Germann said, but had to self-rescue himself to the creek bank.

A visitor on an interpretive tour in the area saw the woman being carried away, and the park ranger leading the tour was able to notify dispatchers of the situation. Other rangers responded, and found the woman near where McDonald Creek flows into Lake McDonald.

She had traveled about one-half mile, and had been carried over Lower McDonald Creek Falls.

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Park rangers and visitors nearby performed CPR. The woman was taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center by ambulance and helicopter.

Germann said park rangers are conducting an investigation.

She reminded visitors to use caution around all bodies of water. "Water is cold, fast moving and high in most places at this time, and rocks can be very slippery," she said.

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